Gavin Silbert S.C. is Victoria’s Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). He was appointed to the position in 2008 following more than 20 years as a barrister at the Victorian Bar. He completed Law and Arts degrees at the University of Western Australia in 1971 and completed a Master of Laws at the University of London in 1978 and a Bachelor of Civil Law at Wadham College Oxford in 1984.
From 1990 until his appointment as Chief Crown Prosecutor, Mr Silbert worked in private practice with a focus on criminal law and divided his time between acting for the prosecution and the defence.
Between 1985 and 1990, he was a Crown Prosecutor (then named Prosecutor for the Queen for the State of Victoria) and conducted Supreme and County Court trials.
The role of Chief Crown Prosecutor
The CCP has day to day management of the Crown Prosecutors and Associate Crown Prosecutors, subject to the direction of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The CCP is responsible for ensuring the Crown Prosecutors and Associate Crown Prosecutors function in an effective, efficient and economic manner.
The role involves prosecuting complex matters in the Supreme Court and appeals in the High Court of Australia, and providing advice to Crown Prosecutors and Associate Crown Prosecutors in relation to their matters.
The CCP is a member of the Director’s Committee, along with the DPP and the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions.
When the DPP is absent, the CCP takes on the role of Acting DPP and assumes the powers and duties of the DPP in doing so.